If you’re in the spirit of “New Year New Me” and looking for a simple way to drop some unwanted lbs, trust me, you want to start walking for weight loss. From my experience, it is one of the best forms of exercise.
Here is what’s awesome – no “diet” required! What is required is living a healthy lifestyle and finding what works for your body! As you lose unwanted pounds and inches, your health starts to improve and your confidence starts to improve.
If you’re looking to become stronger and toned, add in a few days of resistance training using dumbbells and bands. But to start, just walk.
Calories Burned From Walking
Once you decide to lose weight with walking you need to be aware of how many calories are burned with this activity. If you really want to try to lose weight, you need to walk fast because the quicker you walk the more pounds will be reduced. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you will burn:
2.0 MPH (slow pace) – 170 calories per hour
3.0 MPH (moderate pace) – 224 calories per hour
4.0 MPH (brisk pace) – 340 calories per hour
5.0 MPH (speed walking) – 544 per hour
From the chart above you can see that your pace while walking will show you how to lose 10 pounds. There is a big difference between normal walking and speed walking, and you can burn up to 3 times more calories with speed walking. If you choose to walk uphill you will burn even more calories.
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Devising a Walking Plan
First you need to calculate how many calories you need to consume every day in order to maintain your current weight. This is very important so you can make a weight loss plan. According to Good Housekeeping magazine you can use a basal metabolic rate calculator or the formula 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x your age) for women and 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x your age) for men. Then multiply your result by 1.2 if you are inactive, by 1.375 if you are lightly active, by 1.55 if you are very active and 1.9 if you are extremely active.
The number that you will get is actually the number of calories you need to consume every day in order to maintain your current weight.
The second step is to calculate how many calories you will burn by walking. So, person who weighs 200 pounds and walks 3.5 miles per hour will burn 346 calories in that hour. The easiest way is to use fitness calculator which will help you with the number of calories burned by walking.
You must calculate how many hours you need to walk in order to lose 1 pound. You need to lose 3500 more calories by walking than you eat to lose one pound. Then divide 3,500 by the number of calories you burn in an hour. So if you are 200-pound person than you burn 346 calories per hour by walking, you should divide 3,500 by 346 to get 10.11. This means that a person who weighs 200 pounds should walk 10.11 hours to lose 1 pound.
If you have a goal to lose 10 pounds just multiply your number of hours needed for losing one pound with 10 – 10 x 10.11 = 101.1. This number shows how many hours you need to walk in a month so you could lose 10 pounds but only if you consume the required number of calories every day to maintain your current weight.
If you want to reduce the number of hours for walking, you need to reduce calorie intake. So of you consume 500 calories less every day you will lose a pound per week without walking which can reduce the walking goal to 6lbs. or 1.5 pounds per week. Make a plan how many calories you want to lose by reducing calorie intake and how many by walking in order to achieve your 10- pounds goal.
Caution: Consult your doctor before starting any weight loss program!!!
I hope this helps you on your health journey. As many of you know, I love hearing from our community. Have you experienced benefits from walking 3-5 times a week? If so, how was it? Let us know how it turned out in the comment section below.